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A Spirit Companion: Celebrating the first 50 years of the Spirit of Adventure Trust

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Roger McDonald
November 2023
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'All a trainee needed to feel - could not help feeling - was that their feet were on the decks of something pretty big, and change was happening all around them just by the motion that happened when the wind blew.' For 50 years, people from all walks of life have stepped aboard first the Spirit of Adventure, and today the Spirit of New Zealand Te Waka Herenga Tangata o Aotearoa, for a voyage of personal discovery. They've had fun, made friends, and been given a taste of expanded possibility. Distinguished author Roger McDonald captures stories from over 70 people who have made 'the Spirit' part of their lives - from those who have worked and sailed for the Spirit of Adventure Trust to the young people whom it has introduced to sailing and self-recognition. This attractive cloth-bound hardback is illustrated with drawings by Sue Fisher, which combines with writing of the highest standard to make this an ideal memento for anyone who has 'sailed the Spirit' or loves the sea.